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Nidel Law Re-files Case For Injury From Fluoridated Drinking Water

Posted by on 26 Sep 2012 | Tagged as: litigation, product liability, toxic torts

Nidel Law, P.L.L.C., in conjunction with Paulson and Nace, P.L.L.C., re-filed a case against Nestle U.S.A., Nestle Waters North America, Inc., The Dannon Company, Inc., and the Gerber Products Company, for damage caused by fluoride contained in their products marketed and sold for consumption by children under the age of eight.  The Plaintiff, a 13-year old girl, suffers from “dental fluorosis” which is a permanent disfigurement of her teeth.

According to the CDC, dental fluorosis is caused by the ingestion of fluoride before the age of eight.  While many in the public may have heard the claims that fluoride prevents cavities, according to the CDC the preventative benefits of fluoride are predominantly when it is applied topically (rather than ingested) to adult teeth, after the age of eight.  The science thus shows that when fluoride is ingested by people under the age of eight, there is a significant risk of harm, while at the same time there is no benefit.  The defendants in this case knew that their products contained fluoride and actively marketed these products to children and to parents for the use in their children.  The defendants’ failure to warn of the risk of harm from these products is unacceptable.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the complaint.

CLICK HERE for a photo of the Plaintiff’s teeth.

For more information about the case, please CONTACT US.

Pleadings and Public Documents From Waterkeeper Litigation

Posted by on 17 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: environmental law, litigation

Public pleadings and documents from the public record that relate to Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc. v. Alan and Kristin Hudson Farm, et. al., Case Number WMN-10-487.

Complaint

Exhibits

Perdue Answer

Hudson Answer

Defense Motion to Dismiss

Perdue Memorandum

Perdue Exhibits

Hudson Memorandum

Hudson Exhibits

WKA Opposition

WKA Exhibits

Perdue Reply

Hudson Reply

Court Order and Opinion

WKA Motion to Compel

WKA Exhibits

Defendant’s Opposition

WKA Reply

Order on MTC Sampling Data

WKA Motion for Summary Judgment

WKA Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment

WKA Exhibits

Perdue Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment

Case Filed for Boy Diagnosed with Leukemia

Posted by on 17 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: cancer, litigation, toxic torts

On November 15, 2011 the family of a child cancer patient filed a lawsuit against BP, Chevron, and other owners and operators of a bulk petroleum transport and storage facility near the boy’s home.

The plaintiff, who was born and raised within a half-mile radius of the facility, was diagnosed at age four with a specific type of childhood leukemia associated with benzene exposure.  Unbeknownst to the child’s family, the defendants had engaged in documented and illegal disposal methods of toxic chemicals, including benzene, for years.  The improper and hazardous activities included dumping toxic waste on the ground near the child’s house and contamination of a drinking water well which the child’s family used.

The lawsuit, filed in the Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, names some of the world’s largest oil companies, including BP, Chevron, Unocal, Transmontaigne Product Services, Gulf Oil, Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy, LLC, Colonial Pipeline, and Plantation Pipe Line.

The family is represented by Chris Nidel of Nidel Law, PLLC in Washington, D.C., and Matt Harman of Harman Law LLC in Atlanta, Georgia.

Case Filed for Injury Caused by Fluoridated Water

Posted by on 16 Sep 2011 | Tagged as: litigation, product liability, toxic torts

Nidel Law, P.L.L.C., in conjunction with Paulson and Nace, P.L.L.C., filed a case against Nestle U.S.A., Nestle Waters North America, Inc., and the Gerber Products Company, for damage caused by fluoride contained in their products marketed and sold for consumption by children under the age of eight.  The Plaintiff, a 13-year old girl, suffers from “dental fluorosis” which is a permanent disfigurement of her teeth.

According to the CDC, dental fluorosis is caused by the ingestion of fluoride before the age of eight.  While many in the public may have heard the claims that fluoride prevents cavities, according to the CDC the preventative benefits of fluoride are predominantly when it is applied topically (rather than ingested) to adult teeth, after the age of eight.  The science thus shows that when fluoride is ingested by people under the age of eight, there is a significant risk of harm, while at the same time there is no benefit.  The defendants in this case knew that their products contained fluoride and actively marketed these products to children and to parents for the use in their children.  The defendants’ failure to warn of the risk of harm from these products is unacceptable.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the complaint.

CLICK HERE for a photo of the Plaintiff’s teeth.

For more information about the case, please CONTACT US.

Alcohol in mouthwash shown causing oral cancers

Posted by on 01 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: cancer, litigation, product liability, toxic torts, toxicology

Dental researchers in Australia, M.J. McCullough and C.S. Farah, recently published a review of the data on mouthwash use and the risk of oral cancer.  The researchers reviewed the epidemiological evidence and the proposed mechanism of carcinogenicity of mouthwash and concluded that there is now sufficient evidence that regular use of alcohol containing mouthwashes contributes to the risk of oral cancer.  The research suggests that the risk is the result of the metabolic conversion of ethanol to acetaldehyde, a mutagenic and carcinogenic compound.  Several Listerine branded mouthwashes topped the researcher’s list due to the high level of alcohol (ethanol) contained in these products, as high as 26 percent.  The newly established connection between oral cancer and regular mouthwash use raises the potential for legal claims against mouthwash manufacturers for personal injuries and deceptive or fraudulent marketing.  The abstract is included below.  

The role of alcohol in oral carcinogenesis with particular reference to alcohol-containing mouthwashes 

MJ McCullough,* CS Farah  

Worldwide, oral cancer represents approximately 5 per cent of all malignant lesions, with over 800 new intra-oral squamous cell carcinomas registered in Australia each year. Despite recent advances in therapy, the five-year survival rate remains around 50 per cent and the sequelae of treatment can be seriously debilitating. It has been long established that smoking and alcohol consumption are risk factors linked to the development of oral cancer. This review assesses the epidemiological evidence, supportive in vitro studies and mechanism by which alcohol is involved in the development of oral cancer. Further, we review the literature that associates alcohol-containing mouthwashes and oral cancer. On the basis of this review, we believe that there is now sufficient evidence to accept the proposition that alcohol-containing mouthwashes contribute to the increased risk of development of oral cancer and further feel that it is inadvisable for oral healthcare professionals to recommend the long-term use of alcohol-containing mouthwashes.